Gov. Steve Sisolak’s new mandatory mask policy has restaurants asking how it applies to customers and how the directive will be enforced by local law enforcement.
For customers, the Nevada Restaurant Association says that diners can remove their masks once they sit down at a table that enforces six feet of social distancing. Diners can keep their masks off for the entire meal. But masks are required when customers walk to the table to be seated, get up to use the restroom, or as they walk out.
Before Sisolak’s new directive that went into effect on June 26, only employees were required to wear a mask.
When Sisolak announced the new directive last Wednesday, he said those who do not follow it could be cited or face a civil penalty. But law enforcement agencies across Clark County says that its officers will educate about the need to wear masks instead.
Las Vegas police spokeswoman Alejandra Zambrano tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that restaurants and bars that are not complying with the face covering policy are the responsibility of business licensing offices in Las Vegas and Clark County. Henderson and North Las Vegas will encourage and educate about wearing masks.